(Seguin) -- A former member of the Guadalupe County Little Miss Round-Up Court is recovering today after suffering injuries while riding a horse that was attacked by a dog.
Melyssa Ragland, a Seguin High School student and 2016-17 Round-Up Court Princess, remains in intensive care at University Hospital in San Antonio after suffering a small skull fracture and fractured ankle during the early Sunday morning ride.
Ragland's mother, Lora says she is thankful that both her daughter and her horse, Happy, survived the attack. She says Melyssa was out riding with a friend when the incident happened along Williams Ranch Road near the SH 130 toll road. She says after being kicked off by her friend's horse, the dog allegedly charged at Melyssa.
"Then the dog came back -- Happy, the horse that Melyssa was on would not stand still. Luckily, he decided to take off I guess. In doing so, the dog lunged at Melyssa, grabbed her shoe, her right foot. Melyssa was able to kick her shoe off, but in doing so -- that force kind of pulled her over on the side of the horse, but she held on as long as she (could), but had to let go. She landed on the asphalt and somehow, the horse was able to over power the dog and go. When I got there, she was conscious. I heard that she lost consciousness probably for a little less than a minute, but she was conscious, had blood coming out of her ears, was in severe pain, worried about her horse more than anything," said Lora.
Lora reports that the dog involved was, again, a pit bull and that an incident report has been filed with the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office. Lora says despite any debate that might exist on this particular breed of animal, she wants all pet owners to know the importance of being responsible for their own animals.
"I also people want to know, we're not bashing pit bulls. It could have been just any dog. It's just unfortunate -- I mean this dog was not going to let go. Chasing the horse down the highway was just proof there. The whole deal is responsible dog owners. We're not mad at the people, things happen. Our daughters were responsible and put our dogs up. It could have been a whole different story if our dogs were with them that night. We could have probably lost the dogs, but probably we wouldn't be having a vet bill and a daughter in the hospital," said Lora.
Lora says she is thankful that her daughter is expected to fully recover and wanted people to be updated as a large outpouring of support has already been shown to her family. She also thanks the SHS color guard, 4H Ambassadors of Guadalupe County and the 6 Shooters Drill Team members for all of the support being shown to one of their members.
To help the family with medical expenses, friends have begun to collect donations. Checks written out to Lora Ragland can be mailed to Mendi Hartung at 3562 Still Meadow Rd, Seguin, Texas 78155. Any additional funds collected will be used to cover the costs of a new riding helmet plus veterinary costs for Happy.
Guadalupe County Sheriff's Officials say an investigation into the incident is currently underway. The incident is also being looked into by the county's animal control office.